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Nose Procedures FAQs

RHINOPLASTY FAQ

Q: Don’t like my nose – doesn’t fit my face, would rhinoplasty fix it?

A: You have a very striking look, but you’re right – your nose isn’t really fitting with your face. The large dorsal hump and over projected tip are stealing focus from the rest of your features. Rhinoplasty would reshape your nose to be more in harmony with the rest of your face. You will need to spend some time researching facial plastic surgeons to find someone who has obtained great results for noses that are similar in shape to yours and who makes you feel confident in his or her abilities. I hope this helps.

Q: Are the attached results realistic for a rhinoplasty? I was given these as a before and after expectation from my rhinoplasty procedure. Is this outcome achievable?

A: In my opinion, this is a realistic result of your rhinoplasty. It’s a great help to use technology to let patients know what the outcome of their procedure might be. However, as a prospective patient, you should not rely solely on these photos to choose your facial plastic surgeon. You still need to look at before-and-after photos of actual patients to get a clear idea of how skilled your facial plastic surgeon is. Something about your consult must have left you feeling doubtful, otherwise, you wouldn’t have posted a question on this site. I’d suggest continuing to consult with facial plastic surgeons until you find one whose actual work gives you 100% confidence. I hope this helps.

Q: Will Rhinoplasty Affect my Singing? To correct deviated septum, will it effect a person singing?

A: Unless you are in the habit of vibrating mostly in your nasal bones when you sing, rhinoplasty should not alter your voice appreciably. If anything, your voice should sound clearer and, as you might imagine, less “nasally” as the passageway that is now being inhibited by the deviation will be clear. This is an issue you should bring up in your consultation with a facial plastic surgeon, as the answer depends partly on your anatomy and what needs to be done. I hope this helps.

Q: Do I need further tip reduction in your expert opinion?  I had primary rhinoplasty in August 2015, I still feel my nose looks long and the tip is droopy, in your opinion do you think my nose needs revision?

 

A: The real question is not what we think about your rhinoplasty results, but how you feel about them. The fact that you are posting about it suggests that you are not happy. In my opinion, your nose looks very good. Could the tip be less droopy? Yes. Will a revision rhinoplasty help? That depends entirely on who does it. Rhinoplasty is the most difficult facial plastic surgery to perform well, and tip revision is the most difficult part of a nose job. If the droop bothers you sufficiently to go through a revision, then please dedicate time and energy to finding a phenomenal facial plastic surgeon who has demonstrably excellent results with revision rhinoplasty and tip rhinoplasty. You may need to travel out of state to find the right expert. I hope this helps.

Q: Round Nose and Wide Nostrils (Afro Caribbean) – Am I a Good Rhinoplasty Candidate?I have a very round nose with wide nostrils. The thing is I only want tip refinement surgery because I’m fearful that any other work will completely ruin my face. Do you think that it’s possible to have work done on my tip and perhaps even my bridge without completely changing my nostrils? Do you think a nose job is a good idea for me from what you can see or should I not bother? Oh and if I lift my head slightly you can see all the way up my nose which is very annoying.

A: From your photos, you seem to be an excellent candidate for rhinoplasty. The size of your nostrils can be reduced without changing them drastically and your tip can be refined and narrowed. Please find a facial plastic surgeon who has longstanding expertise in refining noses on people of African descent. There are differences in the quality and amount of cartilage in African and Asian v. Caucasian noses that can significantly affect surgical outcome. Be sure your surgeon has experience with this. I hope this helps.

 

Q: Can Excessive Cartilage Be Removed Without Breaking the Nose? The only part of my nose I do not like is how big the tip is and how much larger it appears when I smile. I have wanted to have it fixed for 25 years, but I fear having my nose broken. I am trying to find the best plastic surgeon in Virginia—-please recommend.

 

A: There are situations where tip rhinoplasty would not require breaking nasal bones or cartilage. However, it is impossible to say without photos or an in-person consultation if this would apply to your case. You can use this site to find board-certified facial plastic surgeons in or around your area. Research their before-and-after photos and their testimonials. Make appointments to talk to a few in person. It may be that your tip can be fixed without addressing the rest of the nose, but it may be that you will need to reshape the entire nose to get the most aesthetically pleasing result. Consulting face-to-face with a facial plastic surgeon will answer your questions and allay your fears. I hope this helps.

Q: Not Satisfied with my Rhinoplasty – Should Surgeon Perform Revision Free as Partially His Fault? I am not happy with my rhinoplasty and I believe that my surgeon did not give me what we spoke about. My nostrils are uneven because the left one still looks swollen and has no definition, where the right nostril turned out fine and fell into it’s proper position. So they are disproportioned. And I feel that he should perform a quick revision surgery and fix these minor issues for free. Is this something that the doctor should do because he messed up and there is noticeable scar tissue too. HELP!

A: It is difficult to give you a definitive answer without evaluating you in person or at least seeing photographs. If it is less than one year since your surgery, you still have healing to do. You cannot yet evaluate your final results or consider a revision yet. After one year, if you are still unhappy, you can discuss a revision with your facial plastic surgeon. However, some of your dissatisfaction may be related to your own healing process and anatomy – rather than surgical error – and may not be fixable. One caveat: if your unsatisfactory results are actually due to the surgeon’s error, as you suggest, a “free” revision might not be a bargain, as revision rhinoplasty demands even more expertise than the first rhinoplasty.

While I understand your frustration and your wish to avoid spending more money, if you are truly unhappy with your results after you have healed, then maybe you need to work with a different facial plastic surgeon who already has expertise in revision rhinoplasty.You need someone with superb skills. But first, give yourself that year to heal. I hope this helps.

 

Q:I want a perfect doll nose – help! I want it to look EXACTLY like the picture below! my profile picture is me.

A: The doll nose in the photo has tiny nostrils. This is not a nose that would look good on your face or perhaps even be functional. However, from your profile picture, it does look as if your nose could be narrowed and reshaped to get closer to your ideal while still honoring your unique anatomy and striking natural beauty. A facial plastic surgeon will give you a better idea of what is possible and realistic during your consultation. I hope this helps.

Q: How to Fix a Bent Nose? Hey I’m 21 years old and I have got a bent nose.. but I can’t remember breaking it when I was younger but in pictures from when I was a kid it was straight… how can I fix my nose I really hate it… I’ve been getting bullied since I was a teenager about it please help thanks.

A: I’m sorry that you’ve had to endure bullying simply because of the shape of your nose. Based on your photos, I would recommend rhinoplasty to straighten and shorten your nose as well as to raise and refine the tip to be more in harmony with the rest of your face. Surgery that only straightens the bone may be less than satisfactory as the nasal bones and cartilage have “memory” and tend to return to their original shape over time. Noses are complicated structures that take a great deal of skill to alter well and permanently. You will need to find an expert. I hope this helps.

Q: Beauty Lift High Nose: Scam or Really Works? I ran across an ad for a product called the “Beauty Lift High Nose.” They state that “If you dream of having a more beautiful and higher nose but are afraid of the plastic surgeon then the Beauty Lift High Nose might be for you. Just tick the device on your nose for about 3 minutes per day and your nose will get a more beautiful shape. The Beauty Lift High Nose is supposed to “raise” the bridge of your nose by vibrating and thus “stimulating” the nasal bon[e].”  Are you familiar with this device?  Do you think it can really work?

A: While I am not personally familiar with the “Beauty Lift High Nose,” I have seen other similar products on the market. I have never heard of one that works nor have I encountered any scientific data that backs their efficacy. It is highly unlikely that clamping a device to your nose could permanently alter its shape. Think about dental braces, for instance: It takes several years, many adjustments and a great deal of constant pressure to reposition the teeth. If a pressure device were invented that could change nose shape, it would have to be worn constantly and be adjusted at intervals, just like dental braces. The cartilage and bone also would probably return to their regular shapes once the device was removed, as these structures have physical “memory.” I doubt anyone would choose such an unsightly, uncomfortable and probably unsuccessful ordeal over surgery that takes a few hours to perform and about a year to reveal final, permanent results. If you are unhappy with your nose, please find a facial plastic surgeon who is an expert in rhinoplasty to explore your best options – including impermanent, nonsurgical alterations to the nose with dermal fillers. I hope this helps.

Q: Rhinoplasty or Tip Plasty for Thinner Nose? I’m considering having a procedure to thin my nose. In the pictures, I always turn to the side because my nose looks nice from a side angle, but you can see in my front view my nose is a bit too wide. The bridge isn’t wide though (it’s straight, no bumps) and because I like my side profile I’d like to avoid having my nose broken in surgery. Would a tip-plasty help? I would just ask to make the tip thinner and make it a bit more pointed. Could tip-plasty achieve a more pleasing front view or would I need Rhinoplasty?

A: While I understand your desire to choose the most noninvasive procedure possible to refine the look of your nose, based on the photo provided you could consider a tiplastsy.  The tip is not a discrete structure; it depends on other structures — including the bridge of your nose, which seems a bit wide. The best course of action is to find a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and spend some time consulting about what you want and which procedures will be needed to create that outcome. You will need to find an expert. I hope this helps.

Q: Can my Healed Broken Crooked Nose Only be Straightened via Surgery? Hi. About 6 months ago I believe I broke my nose. There was a crack and a little swelling. It was only made a little crooked though, and since I’m young and uninsured I didn’t go to the doctor. About a month ago I fell and my nose became more crooked. On the left side it’s risen and has a bump, giving the appearance that my nose isn’t straight. My breathing isn’t affected, but I don’t want to live with the way my nose now looks. Can a doctor rebreak and straighten my nose, or is surgery only option?

A: I’m sorry that your nose has been damaged twice in just six months. Re-breaking and re-setting your nose is actually considered surgery and is a normal part of the rhinoplasty procedure. A facial plastic surgeon who has expertise in reshaping noses can take a look and advise you on your best course. I hope this helps.

Q: Large Nose and Weak Facial Structure, what are my options?  My main concern is my nose. All of my features are smaller, its large, bulbous appearance is jarring, takes up too much space. How small and shapely can I realistically expect to make it? Would the excess skin exacerbate the saggy look? I also feel like the shape of my face is overall unattractive and flat. The oval shape, diminutive cheekbones and uneven, weak jaw are what I’m most concerned about. Should I look into V-line or 2 Jaw surgery? Fat transfer or implants to my upper cheeks and jaw?

A: Rhinoplasty can help refine the shape of your nose to make it harmonize better with your features. You can use facial fillers to even out your jawline. Please work with a professional, as rhinoplasty is a very complex and delicate procedure. I hope this helps.

 

Q: Is there any way to reduce my nose size horizontally?  Other than that if I wanna do more than one thing like get rid of a hump, get a bit pointy sharp nose and a bit upward pointy. Is that gonna add to my cost of surgery?

A: An experienced facial plastic surgeon can reshape your nose to get rid of the hump, refine the tip and elevate it, too, if that is what you wish. The cost will vary by practitioner. I hope this helps.

 

Q: Will Nose Continue to Grow After Nose Job? I’m getting a nose job this Friday and my doctor didn’t really talk to me much about it. The only part I’m nervous about is if my nose will continue growing even after the surgery? I’m 15 years old.

A: We typically do not perform rhinoplasty on anyone until after their nose has already finished growing. That would be around age 14 to 16 for a girl and about age 15 for a boy. Now, as we age, our noses do sometimes appear elongated owing to the downward-pulling effect of gravity over many decades. However, they are not actually growing. I hope this helps.

Q: I have this bump in the top portion of my nose & it drives me crazy. When I run my fingers from the top of my nose down the bump or weird bone is on the left side of my nose where it narrows towards the top closer to my eyebrows. I have posted a picture but i am curious to find HOW i can get rid of it & whats the easiest way. It kind of looks bruised at times and i don’t understand it at all. 

A: The bump you describe is a common problem and can be removed by a facial plastic surgeon who has expertise in rhinoplasty. It will be filed down from within the nose, which means there will be no visible scars on the outside of your nose. Rhinoplasty is a complex cosmetic surgery, so please choose your expert carefully. I hope this helps.

Q: I want to have a rhinoplasty, but I sneeze a lot and I have a runny nose (allergies) is it safe to sneeze/cough/blow my nose after rhinoplasty?

A: Blowing your nose or sneezing during the first few weeks after rhinoplasty could cause bleeding and/or swelling. You can learn to cough and sneeze with an open mouth, which can relieve some of the pressure and minimize the risk for side effects. Talk to your allergist to see if you can find a way to better control your symptoms after your procedure so that you can avoid blowing your nose. Also do let your facial plastic surgeon know what medications you are on, as they could affect the degree of bleeding, swelling, etc. I hope this helps.

 

Q: My Nose is Too Wide I Want my Nose To Be Pointy but with a Drooping Tip Like Middle Eastern; is this possible?  

 

 

A: There are structural differences in the cartilage and skin that would make it impossible to transform an African-American nose into a Middle-Eastern type nose. However, the shape of your nose can be modified to better suit your lovely face by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has expertise in ethnic rhinoplasty. This will be accomplished by narrowing your nostrils and refining the tip of your nose. An in-person consultation will give you a better idea of what your results will be. I hope this helps.

Q: I have a very small feminine face, however, I have a nose that looks terrible from the profile. I have a huge dorsal bump. I’m okay with how it looks in the front BUT I would like the top brought up a little bit maybe with a lip lift in conjunction. I would really like it to be slightly upturnt with ski slump so I am seeking a surgeon who isn’t afraid to do slightly aggressive work. I’m looking to get this done within the next few months.

A: Your goals to reshape your nose are realistic. When you are evaluated in person by a facial plastic surgeon, you will get a better idea of what the final results will be. A well-performed rhinoplasty will reshape your nose to better harmonize with your natural beauty. I hope this helps.

Q: My nose is very round at the tip and protrudes significantly, I do not mind the bump on the bridge but a dislike how wide my nostrils are when I smile. I’m not a massive fan of my jaw also when I smile. My skin is dry so excuse my chapped lips and I was recently bitten by a mosquito so excuse the redness. I am in my 20s so my face has stopped growing but as you can see my appearance without make up is very young.

A: You can certainly improve the shape of your nose and nose tip with a well-performed rhinoplasty. Reshaping the tip is common during a rhinoplasty.  Imaging morphing is a valuable tool to communicate with your surgeon.  I hope this helps.

Q: Is there corrective surgery for a twisted/asymmetrical nose like this?

A: If it has been less than one year since your rhinoplasty, your nose might still be recovering and you should not yet judge your final results. If it has been more than one year, then revision rhinoplasty is your best option to improve the asymmetry. You will likely need cartilage grafting or reposition of cartilage to improve the nasal symmetry.  You will need to find a facial plastic surgeon who has expertise in revision rhinoplasty, as this is a intricate procedure. I hope this helps.

Q: What kind of nose surgery is recommended for my crooked nose?

A: You look as if you would be a good candidate for a rhinoplasty,  There are many causes of a crooked nose and a full evaluation will help to explain what steps you would need to take.  You likely have a deviated septum that is contributing to the crookedness of your nose that will need to be straightened.  Rhinoplasty is a very intricate and detailed oriented procedure.  I hope this helps.

Q: How to Fix Hereditary Crooked Nose?

Is there any way to fix a hereditary crooked nose? I know it’s hereditary because my mom’s nose is exactly the same, but she can put makeup and play with the shadows. It’s like the bone on the bottom because it seems like the bone on one side is bigger and one side smaller, so like my whole nose is crooked.

A: A crooked nose is a common indication for a rhinoplasty. In reviewing your pictures, you have crooked nasal bones and cartilage.  Both bone and cartilage are manipulated during a rhinoplasty to straighten the nose.  Please consult with several facial plastic surgeons before settling on the best one to help you. I hope this helps.

Q: I got kicked in the nose when I was 16 and it healed crooked. What Can I Do About my Crooked Nose?

When I was 16, I got headbutted horse-playing around and I had to push my nose back into place because it was crooked. The doctor said it was not broken–just swollen; but after swelling went down it started to heal crooked. It seems to be push to one side more than the other. What can I do?

A: The asymmetry of your nose should improve greatly with rhinoplasty. This will require breaking and resetting the bone and cartilage grafting.  It is likely you have a deviated septum that will need to be straightened to get the best results.   You could consider a non-surgical rhinoplasty to camouflage the crookedness of the nose.  It would be a good temporary option.I hope this helps.

Q: How do you fix a nose with a bulbous tip?

A: Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult facial plastic surgery procedures and refining the tip is the most complex part of rhinoplasty. In the case of a bulbous nose tip, this can be caused by a variety of factors, but usually starts with cartilage that is broad and too widely spaced. I would usually approach this is an open manner, shave down the cartilage and suture it together. If the overlying skin is very thick, it will need to be thinned.  At times the cartilage is mal positioned and overly curved.  In this case, the cartilage will need to be reoriented and straightened with cartilage grafting.

The exact procedures necessary will depend on the patient’s anatomy and what he or she hopes to achieve. Whether the patient is Caucasian, African-American, Asian, or another ethnicity may also influence the surgery, as anatomy and cartilage composition can vary considerably among the races. Please find a facial plastic surgeon with expertise in tip anatomy. I hope this helps.

Q: Is it possible to find a doctor make your nose look like your favorite celebrity or anyone you like?Is it possible to find a doctor make your nose look like your favorite celebrity or anyone you like their nose?

A: While you may wish to have a nose like a favorite celebrity, the aim of a well-done nose job is to reshape the nose so that it better suits your own face, harmonizes with your features, and allows your natural beauty to shine through. You can use the celebrity nose as a reference when you are consulting with a facial plastic surgeon. He or she can then discuss with you how realistic your desires are. The point is to look your best – not to try to look like someone else. I hope this helps.

Q: Rhinoplasty For Crooked Nose More Painful and Costly?

A: Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult and complex cosmetic plastic surgeries to perform. Fixing a crooked nose could  require breaking bones and/or resetting the cartilage, but this is actually a standard part of most rhinoplasties. Rhinoplasty in general is not a painful procedure.  Cost of a rhinoplasty vary greatly based on the experience and reputation of the doctor.  I hope this helps.

Q: How Long Does Nose Job Last and Does It Need “Keep Up”?

A: When performed expertly, a nose job will last a lifetime. A typical natural nose will afe overtime.   During the  aging process, the nose tends to droop and elongate overtime.  During a properly excuted rhinoplasty, the nose is stengthened and will age better than the unoperated nose.  A properly prefomed rhinoplasty should not require any maintenance overtime. . I hope this helps.

Q: Celebrity nose jobs: are they better than what anyone can get?

A: Celebrity is certainly no guarantee of a good facial plastic surgery outcome. We have all seen some of the disastrous results of celebrities whose plastic surgery has gone horribly awry. Celebrities are prone to the same frailties we all have, such as bargain shopping or believing the hype about the plastic surgeon of the moment. Trusting your face to a facial plastic surgeon means that – whoever you are – you need to do extensive research by looking at their websites, verifying credentials, meeting several prospects in person, speaking to former patients, and finding someone you connect with and trust.

People from all walks of life, in every area of the country, and of all incomes have successfully found fantastic facial plastic surgeons to help them. Although an expert may charge more than a “bargain” surgeon, most facial plastic surgeons can work out a payment plan that matches your budget so you can get the best “Hollywood” rhinoplasty you desire – wherever you are.

Q: I have a very long and projected nose that I would definitely like to correct and a bit of a under projected chin. Any suggestions?

A: While your chin is slightly under-projected, you may feel that it looks more harmonious once your nose has been shortened and reshaped. This is something you can discuss with your facial plastic surgeon on the initial consult. If you do decide for a chin augmentation, it is easily accomplished at the same time you are having your rhinoplasty. I hope this helps.

Q:Can I get a surgery (nose job) to get a nose like like a celebrity? I am looking to get a rhinoplasty done but I’m concerned of what I need look like. Can I show the Doctor a picture of a celebrity to kind of show what I am looking to get?

A: You can use the photos of a celebrity when you consult with your facial plastic surgeon to give him/her an idea of the look you are trying to achieve. However, your nose is unique and the surgeon is going to need to create a nose that is in balance with your facial features. The purpose of a nose job is to create a nose that is in balance with your features and will enhance your natural beauty. The best way to communicate the goal result is with imaging morphing software.  That’s why finding a surgeon who specializes in facial aesthetics is so important for this kind of advanced cosmetic procedure. I hope this helps.

Q: Hello I have had two surgeries so far many years back 1998 and 2001 . Unfortunately I am left with a hanging columa and septum all the way pushed to the right nostril.. Not sure if mine would be an easy fix or not and wondering about approx prices…

A: I am sorry for your unfortunate and frustrating results. A revision rhinoplasty might be able to straighten your septum, but this depends on part on the quality of your cartilage, as your ENT pointed out. Because you have already had two rhinoplasties, I would caution you to seek expertise over price. A bargain that doesn’t achieve desired results is no bargain. Revision rhinoplasty is even more difficult than original rhinoplasty, and few facial plastic surgeons have expertise in this area. Price will vary by location and the individual facial plastic surgeon. I hope this helps.

Q: Can I make my nose more narrow at the front without changing the profile? My is not really flat, just wide and big all over. From the front, I feel my nose looks too prominent on my thin face. I would like to maintain a natural look, if my nose gets narrower will it make my profile view look even bigger on the bridge? Is there an option for me?

A:Rhinoplasty Can Narrow Nose Without Changing Profile. Your nose can be made to look narrower and the tip refined without affecting the look of the nose in profile. You will need to find an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty, as the type and composition of cartilage can differ significantly from that in caucasians and will affect the procedure. I hope this helps.

Q: I want to know if nose tip refinement is adequate for my nose. I am happy with the bridge, but the end is too bulbous. Also I want an upper lip lift, should this be done afterwards?

A:Rhinoplasty is the most challenging of any facial plastic surgery.The tip of the nose is highly structured and nuanced. In your case, you have the extra challenge of very heavy and coarse skin and cartilage at the tip of your nose, which requires additional expertise to revise naturally and beautifully. That said, your nose tip can be reshaped to be more harmonious with your face, while leaving the bridge as is. Any procedures on your lips can be done at the same time. I hope this helps.

Q: Is this a reasonable result or should I seek a revision?

A: There is a definite improvement in your nose’s shape. However, the nostrils appear to be asymmetrical. Generally, full results of rhinoplasty are not visible for a year after surgery, so give it a few more months. As to whether you need a revision, that’s up to you. If you are still unhappy with your nose in three months, can look into your options for a revision rhinoplasty.  I would consult with a few doctors that specialize in revision rhinoplasty surgery.. You can discuss costs at that time. I hope this helps.

Q: Will more feminine nose work on a face with dominant features? Does changing the centerpiece mean changing everything? I have always wanted a smaller, more feminine nose…but my husband has stated that changing my nose in any way would throw the symmetry in my face. Can I make my nose less dominant (remove the small bump, trim, reduce its profile and my nostrils, etc.)? Will my face still “make sense” or will changing my nose (making it more feminine) cause my face and other features too appear “off”? Does changing my nose mean a series of other surgeries (that I do not want)? Thank you for your expertise!

A: The purpose of rhinoplasty or any well-performed and thoughtful plastic surgery is to enhance the face as is, creating a more balanced and harmonious look. The result should be natural and should work with your face, not against it. There are a number of changes that can be made to your nose while maintaining the beautiful strength of your natural features. Other surgeries should not be necessary to keep your face in balance with your new nose. I hope this helps.

Q: The tip of my nose has a roundEd look is it possible to reduce the size of skin at the top of my nose tip?

A: Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult plastic surgeries to perform, mostly because the tip of the nose is a highly complex, multi-planed structure. To revise the tip of your nose to make it more pointed and defined, you need to spend time finding a facial plastic surgeon with specialized training in facial aesthetics and long experience with tip rhinoplasty. I hope this helps.

Q: Nose too big for my small face? I feel my nose over powers my face. Can someone help me with this insecurity of mine?

A: Making your nose shorter and narrower while keeping it in harmony with the rest of your face requires a knowledge of some of the anatomical variations that exist across ethnicities. You can have a smaller, narrower nose that is still in harmony with your unique beauty and ethnicity, but you need to spend time finding a facial plastic surgeon who has a lot of experience working with African American noses. Here is a set of Before-after-photos that you may find useful: https://carolinafacialplasticsurgery.com/before-after-photos/african-americanrhinoplasty/. I hope this helps.

Q: I’m very keen to have a nose job. Although I like it from the front, would it change the whole look if I had surgery?

A: A well-performed nose job results in a nose that is in better balance with your features and is flattering from all angles. While shortening your nose will give you a slightly different look from the front, if you like the tip as is, it can be left alone. When you consult with a facial plastic surgeon who has been trained in facial aesthetics, you will discuss your ideal rhinoplasty outcome and learn about what will look best on you. You can use these Before-after-photos as a guide

Q: I am looking to get a rhinoplasty done but I’m concerned of what I need look like. Can I show the Doctor a picture of a celebrity to kind of show what I am looking to get?

A: You can use the photos of a celebrity when you consult with your facial plastic surgeon to give him/her an idea of the look you are trying to achieve. However, your nose is unique and the surgeon is going to need to create a nose that is in balance with your facial features. The purpose of a nose job is to create a nose that is in balance with your features and will enhance your natural beauty. The best way to communicate the goal result is with imaging morphing software.  That’s why finding a surgeon who specializes in facial aesthetics is so important for this kind of advanced cosmetic procedure. I hope this helps.

Q: Is this a reasonable result or should I seek a revision?

A: There is a definite improvement in your nose’s shape. However, the nostrils appear to be asymmetrical. Generally, full results of rhinoplasty are not visible for a year after surgery, so give it a few more months. As to whether you need a revision, that’s up to you. If you are still unhappy with your nose in three months, can look into your options for a revision rhinoplasty.  I would consult with a few doctors that specialize in revision rhinoplasty surgery.. You can discuss costs at that time. I hope this helps.

Q: How to pick right plastic surgeon? I might be going for rhinoplasty, and I’m worried about finding the right one which is normal because they are molding my facial features.

A: You are wise to be concerned about finding the right surgeon for a major procedure like rhinoplasty, which requires deftness, delicacy, and experience. Below is a guide I’ve prepared that will help you find the right facial plastic surgeon for the job, plus prepare you in other ways to have the most gratifying outcome. I hope this helps.

Q: Rhinoplasty for nose shape change; can we get any shape nose? Can we get any shape nose?

A: It is not possible to get any kind of nose shape during rhinoplasty. First, the anatomic structures of your nose will limit what is possible, depending on how much or how little cartilage you have, the thickness of your skin, and the shape of your tip. Second, there are many nose shapes that may look good on others but would not be flattering to you. The goal is to shape your nose so that it is harmonious and balanced with the rest of your face. I hope this helps.

Q: Perhaps this is a silly question, but will rhinoplasty change my voice? No bragging here but I do sing well and I use my voice for work (radio reporter) and I was wondering if it would change if I have work done. I have a bulbous tip that I would like to have refined. I’ve just started researching doctors and will schedule consultations soon but this question keeps popping up.

A: Your concern is valid, as you make your living through your voice. However, I agree with most of my colleagues here that the change you want to make should not affect your voice unless it is particularly nasally, in which case it could be improved. Revising the tip is actually a quite complex surgery to perform, so be sure to spend time finding the right board-certified facial plastic surgeon. I hope this helps.

Q: My face looks different on every side/angle. Will a nose job change that? I am noticing that in every photo i take, I look completely different. I am wondering if my large nose is a big contributor to that. I have been contemplating a nose job for years. My nose is very large at the bottom and I believe it makes me look aggressive. The bottom of it has definitely gotten bigger over the years. I also think my eyes are a little uneven, and I wonder if that has to do with my nose too. Also, if you recommend any surgeons in NYC, please give details below.

A: While you do not seem to have more than the usual amount of facial asymmetry, a large nose may throw off the balance of the face. Reshaping your nose to be more proportionate and in harmony with your face may be all you need to feel more confident of your natural beauty. I’ve included before-and-after photos of a teen patient who had rhinoplasty on an asymmetric nose. As for looking different in every photo, a lot of that has to do with lighting and how close you are to the camera’s lens. I hope this helps.

Q: I had an open rhinoplasty one week ago and right after surgery my nose looked like my ideal size. However, now it looks bigger and almost bigger than before my rhinoplasty. I’m aware that it takes up to a year for the final results and the size and shape will change as the swelling goes down but how much smaller can I expect it to get? Will it go back down to the smaller size right after surgery? I’m very happy with the shape it is just much bigger than I expected.

A: The size of your nose that you noticed directly after surgery is approximately the size it will be once the swelling you are currently experiencing subsides. Swelling is the body’s normal reaction to trauma or injury, as white blood cells and fluids accumulate in the area in an attempt to repair the injury. The process takes some time, which is why your nose looked smaller directly after surgery than it does now. The initial swelling also takes time to subside – but by the third week most patients see a reduction of 60%.

As you noted, it can take up to a year for all of the swelling to subside and for the full and optimal results of your rhinoplasty to be apparent. I understand your eagerness to know what you will look like. However, you can’t rush your body.  It can take longer for the swelling to subside if you have thick skin or a revision surgery. Just be patient and if you have any other questions, always feel free to contact the board-certified plastic surgeon who performed your rhinoplasty. I hope this helps.

Q:Hey so I have been reading about this new procedure a non surgical nose job. Can a non surgical nose job make your nose appear more sharper. What are the risks of this procedure and what will be injected into the nose? Which procedure is safer to do and more worth it in the end?

A: Nonsurgical rhinoplasty is performed by injecting hyaluronic fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane into the nose to even out bumps, add volume to the nose, and define the tip. However, the fillers cannot shorten your nose, nor can they significantly alter its form. The fillers last about a year. Side effects include temporary redness, tingling, swelling and bruising.

Nonsurgical rhinoplasty can either be your permanent (though ongoing) solution, or an easy way to test out your new look until you are ready for surgery. In the hands of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, surgical rhinoplasty should not result in any side effects greater than temporary bruising, swelling, redness and discomfort that can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. It can take up to a year until you see your full and optimal results.

All surgical and non-surgical procedure have risks.  Please discuss all risk during your consultation.

Q: It has been pointed out to me that my nose slants towards one side noticeably – I have noticed it before but considering I have some asymmetry anyway and my nose is quite small I thought it wouldn’t be possible to fix. But I know noses are never perfectly straight anyway – is this something that could be improved or with this type of straightening is it better to leave it if the outcome is unpredictable after – i.e cartilage memory and nose was never straight before

A: While many people think of rhinoplasty merely as a means of shortening an overly large nose, it can be used to resolve a number of aesthetic issues, including a slanting nose. The purpose of rhinoplasty is to create a nose that is symmetrical and works in harmony with your natural beauty. If you are troubled by a nose that looks off center, rhinoplasty may be the right decision for you. I hope this helps.

Q: What’s the difference in nose jobs for westernized, caucasian noses and for an Asian (Korean, Chinese, etc). Is the technique used in Asian rhinoplasty special? It what ways does the Asian nose anatomy differ from other noses? I think some doctors call the procedure “Oriental Rhinoplasty” too.

A: Asian noses tend to have:

  1. Weak bridge or dorsum

  2. Bulbous tip

  3. Wide nostrils

  4. Thick Skin

Each ethnicity has its own cultural ideas of beauty that must be appreciated and enhanced with any plastic surgery procedure that is performed. If you are interested in ethnic rhinoplasty that respects your cultural identity, please take the time to find a professional who has experience in this area. I hope this helps.

Q: What is the typical rhinoplasty recovery like?  What can I expect?  How long after a nose job does it take to heal and how long before you can go back to work, the swelling goes down, etc?

A: Rhinoplasty is is a surgical procedure and therefore the body requires time to heal and adjust until the final results can be seen. To facilitate a quicker recovery, I recommend taking herbal supplements such as Arnica Forte and Bromelin, which helps prevent swelling and bruising after surgery. I also recommend discontinuing blood-thinning agents, such as aspirin, alcohol, fish oil and multivitamins, for weeks before the surgery and several weeks afterward.

Postoperative pain is usually not severe and can be controlled in most instances with over-the-counter painkillers. One week after surgery, the stitches are removed. Some patients may elect to return to work and light activities at this time. Others wait another week. You can begin exercising lightly after 2 weeks and wear glasses at 6 weeks.

You will be able to estimate your end results at the one-month mark. After a year, all swelling should have subsided, and you will be able to see how beautifully your new nose harmonizes with the rest of your facial features.

Q: Removing Nose Bump Without Breaking the Nose? I am 20 years old and I have always felt insecure about the bump on my nose. I have been reading a lot about Nose surgery and I have heard people just getting it filed down without having to break the nose. What is this called? What is the procedure? And what are the estimated costs?

A: Every nose and every face is different. Although some patients have a small enough bump on their nose that it can be filed down, how I treat the nose depends on what will look best on the patient, not what is easiest. I hope this helps.

Q: I have had the worst rhinoplasty i could possibly had. I am a 20 year old male who had a medium long attractive nose. And considered by most to be very good looking. Then i had made the stupidest decision under-going rhinoplasty (for small bump) and septoplasty.  Now my nose is sooo small,no bridge and very big nostrils. I have been waiting for revision rhinoplasty 4 7 months and can’t wait any longer. I haven’t seen any of my friends for six months,i have been hiding and traveling far from home to work. And life is really hard. Researching rhinoplasty i haven’t even seen any good nose work And i am really concerned. And i am very desperate and worked hard to save up day and night.

A: First, I am sorry that you are unhappy with the outcome of your rhinoplasty. The nose is the central feature of the face, and it is important that you feel confident about how it looks. Rhinoplasty is a very complex surgery owing to the nuanced three-dimensionality of the nose. Postoperatively, it takes up to a year for swelling to subside completely and the real results of the surgery to be apparent. Please allow yourself sufficient time to heal before undertaking another procedure. In the meantime, you can research the best surgeon possible for any revisions you may need so that you will be happy with the outcome. I hope this helps.

Q: I Have A Wide, Flat Nose. Can It Be Changed?  I have been very unhappy with my nose for several years now and have wanted rhinoplasty for about a year and a half. I don’t want just a thinner nose, I want it to be completely different. Thinner and instead of being flat I would like it to have a point to it. With that being said, because my nose is so wide and big, is it going to be harder and more dangerous for me to get rhinoplasty? Will the recovery process take longer?

 

A: African-American rhinoplasty is a subspecialty that requires extra care, training and expertise. To give your nose more definition and make it look less flat, the surgeon will take cartilage from another area of your body, such as:

  1. The nasal septum
  2. The ear
  3. A rib

This would be used to build up your nasal bridge and support reconstruction of the nose so that the improvements obtained during surgery would be maintained throughout your lifetime. During your rhinoplasty procedure, the tip of the nose would be reshaped to give it more of the “point” that you desire. This is done by bring the tip of your nose out farther from the face, thinning the nasal skin, and reshaping the nasal tip cartilages.  The nasal bones and width of the nostrils are wide.  They will be made slimmer with nasal osteotomies and alar base reduction.  Rhinoplasty should improve the shape of your nose while preserving its unique ethnic qualities and keeping it in harmony with the rest of your face.

Q: What is the Ideal Age for a Rhinoplasty?

What would be the ideal age to get a Rhinoplasty? I’m 15 and really looking forward to getting a nose job done, and have many friends who got one and had good results. I’m not sure if I should have it done now.

Answer: The golden rule for rhinoplasty is to be sure that the patient has reached full physical growth. That may be anywhere from 15 to 17 for a girl and 16 to 18 for a boy. However, it can vary from case to case, as people develop at different rates. In addition, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon will also want to evaluate you psychologically. Surgically altering your nose is a permanent change and cannot be reversed. I would want to make sure that this is something you are doing for yourself and your own sense of aesthetics, rather than through peer pressure or because you are hoping to reach an unrealistic ideal.

Because my training focuses on creating a more harmonious face that accentuates your natural beauty, I always meet with patients of all ages for an in-depth consultation so that they understand the full implications of the procedure, develop realistic expectations for outcome, and are happy with the results.

I hope this helps.

Q: How Do Noses Change Shape?

Hi I’m 24 years old and I wanted a nose job for ever. I’m a thin and short person everyone tell me that my nose appears to be to big for my face because of the shape and size of my face. Will my nose change if I gan weight with or without rhinoplasty? Any help or advice you can give will be great!:) thanks

A: While the proportions of your face may change if you gain weight and that might create the illusion that your nose is smaller, noses do not change shape with weight gain or loss as they do not contain fat tissue. If you feel that your nose is disproportionate to your face, it might be that you need augmentation in another area – such as the chin – to balance out the length of your nose. Or, it could be that rhinoplasty is your best solution.

I hope this helps.

Q: Are there any non-surgical procedures to make my nose smaller, or is surgery my only option?

Answer: The purpose of rhinoplasty or any cosmetic procedure is to create a symmetrical, harmonious appearance to the face. In cases where the nose has small defects – for instance, an indentation, bump or sharp angle – I will use dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to even out the depressions and make the nose look smoother and more balanced. These injectables can last for up to a couple of years. However, they cannot decrease the length of the nose.

If your main concern is avoiding surgery, the photo you provided shows that you might benefit by having a board-certified facial plastic surgeon augment your chin with fillers or even collagen stimulators such as Sculptra or Raidesse. This would create a profile that is more in harmony with your nose at its present length. However, if you are most interested in shortening your nose, then rhinoplasty is your best option.

 

Q: Can a Bulbous Nose Be Reduced Without Looking Weird or Changing Your Look

Answer: The nose is the center of the face but should not distract from other features. During rhinoplasty, a bulbous nose will be subtly reshaped so that your face appears more harmonious, but you should still look like yourself. Plastic surgery should bring out your natural beauty, not work against it. A rhinoplasty should make a great improvement of your nose.  I believe taking this approach results in a natural result.

Q: Can a bulbous nose be reduced without looking weird or changing your look?

A: Absolutely, as long as you visit an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with an understanding of how to make subtle changes in order to create a natural, harmonious look. The goal of a nose job is not to create an entirely different nose, but rather to refine the patient’s current nose into something that balances well with the rest of their facial features in order to create a natural, attractive appearance. I hope this helps.

 

Q: I had a rhinoplasty several days ago, and recently I noticed that the tip of my nose is very elevated and doesn’t look natural. Will it drop? When can I expect it to look right?

A: It is common following rhinoplasty surgery for the tip to look elevated. Be patient and wait for the swelling to go down and the tip to settle into place before judging your results. You should be able to see initial results around 3 months, while final results may take up to a year. I hope this helps.

Q: The front of my nose looks bulbous and rounder than desired 8 days after rhinoplasty. Is this normal swelling or is it botched?

A: 8 days after surgery, it is common for the nose to be very swollen. You should not judge your final results so soon. It is common for the tip to be the most swollen and take the longest to heal.  You will begin to see an improvement in your nose over the next couple of weeks.  Keep in mind that it may take up to a year to see 100% of the swelling disappear. I hope this helps.

Q: Is it ok for a 19 year old girl to have rhinoplasty?

A: As long as you are psychologically prepared for the surgery, have good reasons to want it, and are either over the legal age of majority in your country or have parental permission, then it is fine to have a nose job at 19 years old. I have performed rhinoplasty procedures on girls as young as 14 who met all the requirements and were good candidates. Please see a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation before deciding to embark upon this surgery. I hope this helps.

Q: Does “Nose Up” work? It’s a silicone nose shaping grip that’s supposed to lift the tip a little.

A: These types of devices do not work to change the shape of the nose long-term, as they do not impact the underlying anatomy of the nose. If you want to change the shape of your nose tip, a rhinoplasty procedure is the best way to do it. Tip rhinoplasty is a fairly short procedure, nor does it require the nose to be broken to undergo the procedure. I recommend seeing a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation rather than spending money on devices such as “Nose Up.” I hope this helps.

Q: Do noses change change shape with weight gain?

A: The nose does not change shape or size at all due to weight gain. Significant weight gain can change the appearance of facial features, which may impact how you see your nose, but the nose itself will not change. The only way to change the appearance of a nose after it has stopped growing is through surgery. Temporary fillers can also be used to create a new nose shape, although these do not change the underlying structure of the nose and cannot be used to make the nose smaller. I hope this helps.

Q: Is it possible that my nose is growing larger with age? I’m 24 years old and I’ve been worried that my nose is getting bigger.

A: While the nose can “lengthen” due to the tip drooping with age, at 24 years old this is not likely to be the case. The nose does not continue to grow after you reach adulthood. If you are dissatisfied with your nose, please see a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation to see what options you have. I hope this helps.

Q: Is having your splints removed after rhinoplasty painful?

A: Generally, removing the splints following a rhinoplasty is more uncomfortable than painful. Patients may want to take an over the counter painkiller if worried about pain or if they have a low pain tolerance.  I use small silicone splints inside of the nose.  I feel these are the best tolerated by patients and are not painful to remove.   Speak with your surgeon about your concerns before your splint removal appointment. I hope this helps.

 

Q: I’m 2 weeks post rhinoplasty, and while I was pleased with my results when the bandage was removed 5 days ago, now it seems like my nose is larger and no one can tell the difference. Should I be concerned?

A: Two weeks after a rhinoplasty, it is very common to still have some swelling. Swelling following a rhinoplasty can last for several months, with the last 10% of swelling sometimes remaining for up to a year. Since you are still so early into your healing process, there is no reason to be concerned. Be patient and wait for the swelling to go down, and you will likely be pleased with the results. Do not expect everyone to notice your new nose, especially if you didn’t tell them about it; rather concentrate on your healing process. I hope this helps.

Q: Can I still get a rhinoplasty if I have hay fever?

A: While it is possible to have rhinoplasty surgery done while suffering from hay fever, I would recommend trying to get your allergies under control before having it done simply for the sake of comfort and better healing. Find a good board-certified ENT or allergist who can help you with managing your allergy symptoms, then proceed with your rhinoplasty. Good luck.

Q: I have a straight nose tip. Will it ever develop into a droopy tip? I’m afraid it’ll point down in the future.

A: The tip of the nose tends to droop due to aging in some people, while others may never experience drooping of the tip. There is no way to tell how your features may change in the future until it actually happens. My advice is to stop worrying about it and enjoy your straight nose tip. If you notice it drooping in the future and it bothers you, visit a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation to see about correcting it. I hope this helps.

Q: Is it possible for the bridge of the nose to become swollen after an injury, and for that swelling to last a long time?

A: Yes, it is perfectly normal to experience swelling after an injury to the nose. Nose swelling can last for weeks to months, and in some cases even up to a year. Injuries to the nose can occasionally cause permanent damage, in which case you may want to seek the advice of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. I hope this helps.

Q:Can a rhinoplasty fix breathing problems, and is it covered by insurance?

A: Yes, if you have anatomical blockage in your nose causing nasal obstruction, then surgery to correct this may be covered under your insurance.  Patients must first try medications to see if they improve breathing before surgery.  If you have a deviated septum causing breathing problems, a septoplasty could help alleviate those problems.  Enlarge turbinates or narrowed nasal valves are other causes of nasal obstruction that can be fix surgically.   I hope this helps.

 

Q: Can the cartilage of your nose be reshaped without breaking any bones or adding anything?

A:  It is possible to reshape the nose without breaking any bones or “adding” anything.  This can be commonly completed during a tip plasty to improve the shape of the tip.   You would need to be seen in person by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to make sure that a tip rhinoplasty only is appropriate and would give you the results that you want. I hope this helps.

 

Q: Should you use the same surgeon for different procedures, i.e. rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty?

A: As long as your surgeon is sufficiently skilled and experienced in both procedures, there is no reason not to have your surgeries done by the same person, especially if they are both facial procedures. I personally perform both rhinoplasties and blepharoplasties at my practice regularly. If you were looking to have, for instance, a nose job and a breast lift, however, I would recommend seeing a facial plastic surgeon for the nose job and a general plastic surgeon for the breast lift. This is because facial plastic surgeons tend to have more experience and skill in facial procedures, while general plastic surgeons usually perform many more body procedures than facial procedures. I hope this helps.

Q: How long does swelling last after a rhinoplasty? It’s been about 3 weeks, and while I liked my result immediately after the cast and tape was removed, it’s now very swollen and I’m a bit worried.

A: Swelling after a rhinoplasty is completely normal. The majority of swelling dissipates within the first 3 to 4 months, and it can take up to a year for the entirety of the swelling to resolve.  Swelling may take longer to resolve in patients that have thick skin or undergoing a revision rhinoplasty. The best thing to do is to be patient and follow up with your surgeon as necessary. I hope this helps.

Q: What is a tip rhinoplasty and how does it differ from other types of rhinoplasty?

A: A tip rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses only on changing the appearance of the tip of the nose. While tip rhinoplasties focus only on one part of the nose anatomy, they are nonetheless highly complex surgeries that should only be performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon for the best results.

Q: What is a non-surgical nose job? I’m unhappy with my nose, but can’t afford rhinoplasty surgery. I’m considering non-surgical options but don’t know what they entail or if they last.

A: A non-surgical nose job involves using dermal fillers to reshape the nose. Depending on what exactly the patient’s concern is, sometimes fillers are enough to change the appearance of the nose satisfactorily. Dermal fillers will not last as long as the results from a surgical procedure. A surgical nose job is essentially for forever, while dermal fillers may last anywhere from a few months to a year. I suggest visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation to determine what your best options are. Sometimes financing is available to help patients who can’t afford a surgical procedure upfront.

Q: How soon after a rhinoplasty can I fly or exercise?

A: I encourage my patients to begin light exercise two weeks following rhinoplasty surgery. Heavier exercise can be done starting at 4 to 6 weeks following surgery, depending on the individual. Flying should be avoided for the first week, and preferably the second as well. All of the stitches, tape, and nasal splints will be removed after the first week, but flying may increase your risk of bleeding and may also cause issues with congestion. If you do fly one or two weeks after rhinoplasty surgery, it is recommended to take steps to keep your nose hydrated with a nasal spray. Please follow your surgeon’s instructions as to when you can fly after surgery. I hope this helps.

Q: How can I minimize bruising from a rhinoplasty?

A: At my practice, I begin the recovery process before the surgery even starts by having my patients avoid a list of items that may increase bruising following surgery. These items include products which contain aspirin (a full list will be given to patients), alcohol (especially red wine), fish and fish oil, and most multivitamins and herbal supplements. In addition to avoiding the aforementioned items, I start my patients on Arnica Forte or Bromelain 3-5 days before surgery. Arnica and Bromelain are herbal supplements that are known to reduce swelling and bruising after surgery. It is also extremely important to avoid nicotine before and after surgery, as it may cause complications and slow down the normal healing process. I will be available before and after surgery to answer questions, provide support, and ensure the best and fastest surgical process and recovery. I hope this helps.

Q: What is the average rhinoplasty recovery time? When will the bandages come off, and when can I go out in public?

A: At my practice, I usually remove stitches, tape, and nasal splints after one week. Patients may then feel ready to go back to work or school, or they may choose to wait one more week due to swelling or bruising. Most often, bruising resolves after one week, but in some cases it may take up to two weeks to fully resolve. The majority of swelling will dissipate within the first 3-4 months, but residual swelling may take up to a full year to completely resolve.

Q: I had rhinoplasty done 3 weeks ago and my nose is still very swollen. How long is normal to have swelling after a rhinoplasty?

A: Swelling after three weeks is perfectly normal. My patients usually see an 80% reduction in swelling after 3-4 months, but it may take up to a year for full resolution of swelling. Be patient, and you will slowly start to see the swelling resolve and what your new nose will look like.

Q: What is a tip rhinoplasty and how does it differ from other types of rhinoplasty?

A: A tip rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that focuses only on changing the appearance of the tip of the nose. While tip rhinoplasties focus only on one part of the nose anatomy, they are nonetheless highly complex surgeries that should only be performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon for the best results.

Q: What is a non-surgical nose job? I’m unhappy with my nose, but can’t afford rhinoplasty surgery. I’m considering non-surgical options but don’t know what they entail or if they last.

A: A non-surgical nose job involves using dermal fillers to reshape the nose. Depending on what exactly the patient’s concern is, sometimes fillers are enough to change the appearance of the nose satisfactorily. Dermal fillers will not last as long as the results from a surgical procedure. A surgical nose job is essentially for forever, while dermal fillers may last anywhere from a few months to a year. I suggest visiting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation to determine what your best options are. Sometimes financing is available to help patients who can’t afford a surgical procedure upfront.

Q: It’s 3 weeks after my nose job, and my nose appears to be uneven and my nostrils are different sizes. Is this reversible? My next appointment is in a month and I’m worried that any damage will not be reversible by then.

A: 3 weeks post-op is still very early in the healing process, and it is possible that swelling could be contributing to your uneven appearance. Most patients don’t begin to see what their final results will look like until after at least 3 months or longer. If you are still unhappy with your results after 6 months have passed, you can start looking into revision rhinoplasty options. For now, be patient and continue following up with your surgeon. I hope this helps.

Q: Is it really necessary to attend follow-up appointments with your surgeon after a rhinoplasty if you’re not experiencing any issues?

A: Yes, it is essential to continue setting follow-up visits with your surgeon even if you think you are healing well. Only your surgeon can detect early warning signs of potential problems and address them before they turn into major complications. Even if you feel that there is nothing at all wrong, it’s still better to be on the safe side. Please continue to attend all follow-up appointments that your surgeon schedules with you. I hope this helps.

Q: Do surgeons have to give revisions if a patient is unhappy with their nose job? I just want some minor retouches but I’m afraid my surgeon will say no.

A: Surgeons are not obligated to perform rhinoplasty revisions, and there may be a number of reasons why they might say no. In my practice, I will perform a revision rhinoplasty with no surgeons fee if I feel I could of done a better job.  If the patient wants to try to make a good result better, then that is a different situation.  If you are unhappy with your results and feel a revision is necessary, you should first make sure that your surgeon is qualified to perform revision rhinoplasties. Revision rhinoplasties are much more complex and difficult than primary rhinoplasties. It would be best to seek a facial plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced in performing revision rhinoplasties. I hope this helps.

Q: What Are the Possible Risks in Shaving Down Nose Hump?

A: Most of the risks associated with complicated cosmetic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, are dependent on the expertise of the facial plastic surgeon. While nose bumps can be shaved, avoiding full rhinoplasty in some cases, an inexpert shaving may result in a nose that is then too wide or flat. In your case, you would need a facial plastic surgeon who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty. The amount of cartilage vs. bone and the type of cartilage varies and must be taken into consideration when planning a rhinoplasty. Your new nose must also be in harmony with your face and your unique identity.  After a hump reduction, the nose should be re-supported with cartilage grafting to prevent changes in the long term. I hope this helps.

Q: Does Getting a Nose Job, Drastically Change Your Face?

A: The nose is the most central and prominent feature on the face; however it should not be the first feature that attracts an onlooker’s attention. Ideally, the eyes and smile are noticed first. If your nose is overly prominent or no in balance with the face, it can detract attention from the rest of your face. A nose job helps put your face into harmony, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. A well-performed rhinoplasty can easily take someone from “7” to “9” or “10,” but this will vary by individual. I hope this helps.

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